Posted by: Megan Spies
With the holiday season underway, there is a seemingly never-ending list of preparations. From perfecting home décor, to organizing the kitchen, to ensuring the dishware is sparkling, it is the busiest time of year for most. And with so many holiday get-togethers to host, managing it all can be overwhelming. My personal entertaining experiences have led me to develop a holiday grand plan. I am convinced these tips will help you breeze through the holiday season unscathed and stress-free!
Grocery Shop Early
My home is the frequent hub of family holiday gatherings. Whether it’s a sensational soiree or a casual at-home movie night, the celebrations are plentiful during this time of year. One way to eliminate potential worry is to plan ahead – from grocery shopping and food storage, to cooking in advance.
After compiling my selection of recipes, I aim to check off as many items on my list. As most of my family favorites involve a ton of fresh produce, I opt to store everything in my Thermador 36” Fresh Food Column well in advance of the festivities. With a customizable interior that includes Delicate Produce Bins, I have the ultimate flexibility to organize my refrigerator the way that I need to. An all-new railing system enables the bins to be placed anywhere on the refrigerator door – providing optimal visibility – and with its ample storage space, I can rest assured knowing that I won’t run out of room for my fresh ingredients. Worry, be gone!
Cook in Advance
For elaborate dishes, I prefer to cook in advance. And with the countless celebrations, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. With my Thermador 60” Pro Grand® Steam Range, I utilize the largest combined oven capacity on the market to accommodate professional grade catering trays, casserole dishes and large roasting pans – all at once. If that’s not a timesaver, I don’t know what is!
Utilize Your Dishwasher
No holiday celebration is complete without impeccable dishes and glassware. And with the constant flurry of guests in and out of my home this time of year, I go through both. For avid entertainers, the dishwasher has become an essential part of the festivities. From providing pristine serving plates, to refreshing wine glasses, the dishwasher is a main fixture during every step of the entertaining process.
Rather than wait until the end of the festivities to begin washing, I rely on the Thermador Star-Sapphire™ Dishwasher to keep my dishes and glassware sparkling all the way through. With the fastest hot water cycle at just 20 minutes, my dishes are ready to serve with every exceptional course. Long gone are the days of washing between hosting duties – now I’m free to mix and mingle with my guests while keeping the delicious sips flowing. Happy holidays, indeed!
Enjoy Every Moment
Perhaps my biggest tip for sailing through the holiday season is to relax and enjoy this joyful time with family and loved ones. While the holidays are filled with tons of busy events, focus on what’s most meaningful to create more happy memories!
What are some of the exceptional holiday dishes you prepare? Share your thoughts, tips and dishes with us in the comments or on our social pages: www.facebook.com/thermador, @ThermadorHome and @Thermador.